“Uniquely expressive acts get transformed and elaborated into social rites, and through participation they accrue a breadth and depth of meaning which can only be produced in a communal setting. It is the primal process by which culture is created.”
– Larry Harvey
Burning Man co-founder and Chief Philosophic Officer Larry Harvey wrote and spoke publicly about Burning Man since its origins, both under his own name and in the guise of his anagrammatic alter ego Darryl Van Rhey.
He is the author of Burning Man’s 10 Principles as well as many landmark essays and speeches concerning the event and the culture. He also founded the Philosophical Center, in order to nurture the ideas and values unlocked at Burning Man, instill them in our culture, and share them with the wider world.
He wrote for and edited the community’s early print newsletters, Building Burning Man (1991-1999) and the original Burning Man Journal (2000-2007). More of his writings can be found in our Historical Publications archive and the (newfangled) Burning Man Journal.
In addition to the links below, you’ll find some of Larry’s classic long-form essays and speeches in the navigation bar on this page.
Excerpts from Larry’s self-produced film, “Burning Man” (1991)
Larry interviewed on Charlie Rose, aired on March 19, 2014
Larry, Caveat and Stuart discuss Art, Money and the Renaissance at the 2016 Global Leadership Conference
Larry addresses the 2015 Global Leadership Conference
Larry presents at Design Indaba 2015
Larry talks about the origin of the 10 Principles at the 2013 GLC
Articles & Interviews
Burning Man’s Founder Looks Ahead — Wired, 2005